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The Singing Detective (2003)

Cast: Robert Downey, Jr., Robert Downey, Jr., Robin Wright Penn, more...
Director: Keith Gordon, Keith Gordon
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Studio: Paramount
Genre: Drama, Neo Noir, Musicals
Running Time: 108 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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From director Keith Gordon (Mother Night, A Midnight Clear) comes this American feature adaptation of the 1986 BBC miniseries, The Singing Detective. Robert Downey Jr. returns to the big-screen for the first time since 2000's Wonder Boys as Dan Dark, a novelist who is hospitalized with a severe case of psoriasis. As he lays in bed, Dark hallucinates that he is actually a World War II-era private dick embroiled in an oddball web of mystery, intrigue, and musical numbers. Written by the late Dennis Potter (Pennies From Heaven, Gorky Park) and co-starring Mel Gibson, Robin Wright Penn, Katie Holmes, and Adrien Brody, The Singing Detective premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Intense but good.... by o556 October 11, 2004 - 10:00 AM PDT
4 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I have never seen the British mini-series, so I don't know how it compares to that, but I thought the script was near perfect, the acting 9 out of 10. There are parts that are almost painful to watch they are so intense and sad, interspersed with cheesy dance scenes- that juxtaposition may have jarred a lot of viewers. Well worth renting just to see Robert Downey Jr and Mel Gibson in any case.

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(Average 5.61)
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